Crime rate drops by 70% in Kogi – CP

Crime rate drops by 70% in Kogi – CP

Friday, October 21, 2016 7:12 pm

Nigeria-police-logoKogi Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, says crime rate has reduced by about 70 per cent in the state as kidnapping and armed robbery no longer take place on highways but in individual homes.

Chafe said this when members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Kogi Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy visit on Friday in Lokoja.

He said the stop-and-search security measure, the liaison with traditional rulers and other security strategies introduced by the command to improve security of the state had paid off handsomely.

Kidnappers, he said, now kidnapped elderly people with well-to-do children outside the state from their homes and compel their children to pay the ransom before releasing them.

The commissioner said the recent distribution of 104 patrol vehicles by Gov. Yahaya Bello to security agencies in the state had seriously contributed to reduction of crimes in all the three senatorial districts of the state.

He also attributed the success recorded in combating crimes in the state to the unflinching support and assistance extended to the security agencies by the governor.

The police boss called on Nigerians to join hands with the Buhari Administration to ensure the success of the fight against corruption to reduce the crime rate in the country.

Chafe described corruption as the root of most evils that assailed the nation and caused it to retrogress and as well, responsible for high rate of crime and criminalities across the country.

Soliciting the support of Nigerians in the fight against corruption and crime generally, the police commissioner said: “we need reorientation generally; corruption is not good for any society”.

He assured that the command would not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with criminals adding that they either repent or relocate from Kogi.

“Criminals should try to repent now or be ready to relocate from Kogi state,” he said.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Alhaji Ibrahim Obansa, lauded the new commissioner’s efforts at tackling the problem of insecurity in the state ranging from armed robbery to kidnapping and other related crimes.

Obansa also expressed the readiness of the newsmen to partner with the police and other security agencies in effective reportage of their activities. (NAN)

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